Born at Crowle in 1890, Lewis was the second son of the 11 children of George and Florence Lee. The family lived in Bowling Green Lane and when Lewis was born his father, from Selby, was a flax dresser. His mother was from Thoresby. By 1901 the family had moved to Scunthorpe where father worked at the steelworks. In 1915 the family lived in Trafford Street.
According to his Army Number, Lewis enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment at Crosby shortly after the outbreak of War, in August 1914. Allocated to the 6th (Service) Battalion, he went overseas with that Battalion in July 1915, in 33rd Brigade, 11th Division, landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 7th August to advance the stalled Allied invasion there.
Moving out from the beach the same day, the 6th Lincolnshires took part in a large scale advance, where they attacked and captured Chocolate Hill. In reserve as other battalions in their brigade attacked on 8th August, on 9th August, the 6th Lincolnshires returned to action when they attempted to attack Scimitar Hill (Hill 70). The Turks now being reinforced the attack was a disaster, made worse by the artillery shells setting the scrub on fire, the 6th Lincolnshires suffering 413 casualties.
Lance Corporal Lewis Lee was one of the casualties of the attack on Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Helles Memorial and Scunthorpe Roll of Honour.